GreenLaw Files Comments Regarding EPD’s Expedited Permitting Review Process

Citing time constraints and conflicts of interest, Friday GreenLaw filed comments with Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) regarding the expedited permitting process for air permits urging the agency to keep permitting review in-house, rather than using third parties.  The comments were filed on behalf of Mothers and Others and the Georgia Chapter of the American Lung Association.

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GreenLaw Files Comments Regarding EPD’s Expedited Permitting Review Process
GreenLaw urges EPD to remove third parties from its review process

 
November 16, 2012 (ATLANTA) – Citing time constraints and conflicts of interest, Friday GreenLaw filed comments with Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) regarding the expedited permitting process for air permits urging the agency to keep permitting review in-house, rather than using third parties.  The comments were filed on behalf of Mothers and Others and the Georgia Chapter of the American Lung Association.
 
By July 1, 2013, EPD must implement procedures for expedited permitting.  In advance of this deadline, EPD asked stakeholders for comments regarding multiple aspects of its program.  GreenLaw only submitted comments on whether EPD should use third parties to review permits.  GreenLaw argues the permitting process should not include third parties for many reasons, including potential for conflicts of interest with the third parties used.
 
“Today, we urge the EPD to keep its permitting review process in-house to avoid unnecessary time constraints and potential conflicts of interest,” said Ashten Bailey, staff attorney at GreenLaw.  “These permits often involve critical issues with regards to Georgia’s air pollution.  We need to insure that they are reviewed by qualified experts without conflicts of interests so that the health of the Georgia’s citizens is protected.”
 

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